Spread Abroad


Genesis 28:14 “And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.”

When God spoke to Jacob in his dream, God did not tell Jacob to go find a spot and just enjoy that small lot of land for the rest of his life. God is not a God of mediocrity, but a God who wants His children to do more continuously. Rather than telling Jacob to find a lot of land and live there for the rest of his life, He told him to “spread abroad,” and in spreading abroad, all the families of the earth shall be blessed. In other words, God promised Jacob to be a blessing to the whole world if he would spread abroad.

The believer should never be satisfied with doing nothing. There should always be a desire in every believer for God to do something mighty through them. For God to tell Jacob to spread abroad, He was teaching us that He never wants the believer to be satisfied with the status quo. Throughout the Scriptures, you will find that God sets a high standard for His children to attempt great things for Him. Jesus said that His desire was that His house may be filled. God says that His eyes run to and fro to show Himself strong. My friend, God can do something mighty through you, but you are going to have to spread abroad for Him to do it. It takes four things if God is going to bless you as you spread abroad.

First, it takes vision. I love that God told Jacob to look in every direction because God is trying to get you to see a much bigger picture than what you see. When I began to pastor, I looked at our buildings and shared my vision to fill them with the church. Do you have a vision for God to do something mighty through you? God can’t fill the vision that can't see beyond what you presently have, but He will fill the vision of faith that requires His power to accomplish. I will get much further by having a vision of faith and fail to see it fulfilled than by having no vision and live in mediocrity.

Second, it takes faith. Faith is seeing beyond what can be seen. Faith is looking at what God can do in the future. Faith is stepping out on the impossible and trusting that God will come to the rescue when you come to the end of your abilities. If you want God to give you more than what you have, you must have the faith that He is able to help fill your vision of faith.

Third, it takes hard work. It is foolish to think that it doesn't take work to see a vision of faith fulfilled. God wanted to give Israel the Promised Land, but they had to battle, conquer, and rebuild in order for their vision of faith to become reality. God never honors a vision of faith that doesn't work hard to make it happen. In fact, if you have a true vision of faith, it will require hard work. Too many want faith without work, but work is a part of faith, not for salvation, but for God to do the miraculous through you. Those who saw great works of faith accomplished in their lives were not afraid to work hard to see it happen.

Fourth, it takes God’s help. You will never spread abroad and be a blessing to the whole earth without God’s help. At the end of the day, it still takes God’s power to do a work of faith that impacts a world for Christ. You can have a vision of faith and work hard, but you will miserably fail without God’s power. Yes, get a vision of faith and work hard to see it become reality, but don't do it without getting God’s power.

Dr. Allen Domelle

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